The Bangor Daily News and Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on the University of Maine Symphonic Band’s trip to Vinalhaven to perform two concerts. The 45-member instrumental ensemble, which includes music majors and students pursuing a variety of academic disciplines, traveled to the island by ferry as part of their four-day, nine-performance spring tour. Christopher White, who conducts the group, said the trip marks the first time one of UMaine’s top performance ensembles has gone to an outer island to hold a concert. “So many of our kids have never done anything like this,” he said, adding that the annual tour is part of the group’s community service.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a presentation about an art service learning project given by three University of Maine students in an advanced art education course. Charlotte Gaylord, Julie Roach and Lowansa Sprague Tompkins spoke about the art-making and fundraising project they created to aid the purchase of musical instruments for the Shaw House, a Bangor organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The students helped the youth make ceramic pins to be sold at shops in downtown Bangor. A total of 380 pins and 20 small sculptures were made for the project. The students said they project sales of $1,900 if all the items are sold.
More than 300 students, teachers and chaperones from about 20 Maine middle and high schools are expected to gather at the University of Maine from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 to participate in the Maine National History Day competition.
A new partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brings the event for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus for the first time since the national program began in 1980.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.
Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances will be judged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations on campus including Wells Conference Center, IMRC Center, Fogler Library and Memorial Union.
Travel prizes donated by Joe and Suzanne Cyr of John T. Cyr & Sons, Inc./Cyr Bus Line in Old Town will be awarded to state winners who are eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June. Awards will be presented during the 2:30 p.m. ceremony in Wells Conference Center.
A scavenger hunt with activities from a half dozen museums and history organizations, including a Civil War re-enactment group, will be offered to students. Maine NHD participants can also use UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center at a discounted rate of $3.
State NHD contestants are invited to display their work at the Bangor Public Library and the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor for five weeks after the contest. Performance category winners also are invited to perform at the Bangor Public Library on May 17 during Bangor Public Humanities Day organized by the UMaine Humanities Initiative. More information about the Bangor event is online.
For questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact John Taylor, NHD state coordinator with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 317.626.8438, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, email@example.com. More information on Maine NHD is online.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the first concert of the University of Maine Symphonic Band’s annual spring tour. The 45-member instrumental ensemble, which includes music majors and students pursuing a variety of academic disciplines, kicked off a four-day, nine-performance state tour at Bucksport High School. Christopher White, who conducts the group, said unique parts of the tour include hearing other local bands play and giving the students an opportunity to visit communities they may end up working in someday. Katie DeRoche, a senior who plays clarinet in the band, said what she enjoys most about the tour is interacting with children and community members. “It’s nice to see that people appreciate music and all the work we put into it,” she said.
The Sun Journal reported the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond is working on a service project with a sixth-grade class at Paris Elementary School in Paris, Maine. Students in the class are seeking to educate tourists and locals about the history of one-room schoolhouses and other local historic sites through a geocaching game they are developing as part of the project.
University of Maine students and married couple John and Christine Carney were featured in a Bangor Daily News report about the three married couples who are finalists for the $1,000 grand prize of the Big Gig. The Big Gig is a series of business pitch events for entrepreneurs in Greater Bangor designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between UMaine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. The Carneys will pitch their business Thick & Thin Designs, a company that specializes in laser-cut acrylic cupcake toppers, during the finale on April 8, at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
The Maine Campus reported on the University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI) in the article “UMaine elevates humanities through community engagement.” Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president of academic affairs and provost; Justin Wolff, UMHI director and an associate professor of art history; and Liam Riordan, a UMHI advisory board member and associate professor of history, spoke about the importance of the initiative at UMaine and in the surrounding community. “Culture is a big part of what Maine is,” Hecker said. Wolff added the humanities and arts can give people a rich cultural experience and uplift communities.
The Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported on the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference held at the Augusta Civic Center and organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine. Several hundred people who work with or are interested in water resources and environmental sustainability, such as water resource professionals, engineers and environmental advocates, attended the conference. Session topics included the effect of water withdrawals on water supply and quality, lake management strategies, Maine’s energy future, climate-related trends, safe beaches and shellfish beds, and management approaches for sustainable urban streams.
The Free Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will offer free training sessions for Signs of the Seasons, a program for volunteers to contribute local plant and animal life-cycle data for climate change research. Sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and registration is required. Sessions in the midcoast area will be held March 22 in Newcastle, March 25 in Belfast and April 5 in Boothbay.
The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel previewed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to be held April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference, organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine, will focus on the future of energy, clean water and safe beaches and shellfish beds. The annual event, founded in 1994 as the Maine Water Conference, was renamed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to reflect the addition of sustainability science research. The conference has become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting more than 350 attendees each year.